A proposed by-law revision, drafted by John Murdock,
a partner in an anti-union Washington law firm and
Mary Frances Berry's designated legal
representative on the national Pacifica board, is
now being circulated for possible adoption at the
upcoming March board meeting in Houston.
The revision would...
* Reduce to as few as five members the Pacifica
Board of Directors (currently 19).
* Allow hired Pacifica executives to be members
of the board.
* Allow key decisions to be made by as few as
three board members.
* Permit the sale of Pacifica assets (i.e. stations
like KPFA and WBAI, estimated to be worth at least
0 million to commercial broadcasters) by a vote
of the executive committee only, as long as the sale
did not include "all or substantially all of the
assets or or property of the Foundation."
* Allow directors (such as Murdock, a partner in
the law firm of Epstein, Becker and Green, currently
handling many legal matters for Pacifica) "to receive
reasonable compensation for services...in a
* Reduce meeting notice time to as little as 24
hours, and meeting notice to consist of as little as
a message on an answering machine.
* Allow the national Pacifica board to appoint
1/3 of local advisory boards, and ban membership
on such boards of staff and volunteers.
* Ban elected local advisory board members (as at
KPFA) from serving on the national board.
There are other centralizing, corporatizing measures
as well, as may be seen in reading the proposed by-laws
(a PDF version is also available at: